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Preliminary Findings From the HIV SEERs Project

A Community-Based Participatory Research Program to Reduce HIV Stigma Among Youth in Kenya

Chenneville, Tiffany PhD; Gabbidon, Kemesha PhD, MPH*; Drake, Hunter BS; Rodriguez, Lindsey PhD

Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: July-August 2019 - Volume 30 - Issue 4 - p 462–473
doi: 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000019
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Worldwide, an estimated 4 million youth, ages 15–24 years, are living with HIV. Youth in Kenya experience a high HIV disease burden. HIV-related stigma is a known barrier to HIV prevention. We evaluated the HIV Stigma-reduction through Education, Empowerment, and Research (SEERs) Project, a conceptually driven program that emerged from community-based participatory research and was designed with and for youth ages 13–24 years in Kenya. We analyzed existing evaluation data from 641 SEERs participants who completed pre-, post-, and 3-month follow-up surveys to evaluate changes in HIV knowledge and stigma. Findings revealed a significant increase in HIV knowledge and a significant decrease in HIV-related stigma over time. Despite strong preliminary evidence, research is needed to refine the program and better determine its effectiveness using a randomized controlled trial. Programs such as SEERs can be used in Kenya and other low- to middle-income countries to improve HIV-related health outcomes.

Tiffany Chenneville, PhD, is a Professor and Graduate Program Director, Department of Psychology, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. Kemesha Gabbidon, PhD, MPH, is a Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Psychology, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. Hunter Drake, BS, is a Graduate Student, Department of Psychology, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. Lindsey Rodriguez, PhD, is an Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.

Corresponding author: Kemesha Gabbidon, e-mail: kgabbido@mail.usf.edu

Sponsorships or competing interests that may be relevant to content are disclosed at the end of this article.

© 2019 Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
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